Doctor Strange co-writer coming back for the sequel


The Doctor Strange sequel will have a familiar writer penning the script.

While Marvel Studios hasn’t officially announced a sequel to Doctor Strange, the project has been pretty much confirmed at this point. Scott Derrickson is reportedly returning to the director’s chair, with production likely starting next year. Now, it seems the film has found a screenwriter in the form of a familiar face.

That Hashtag Show reports that C. Robert Cargill is returning to write the script for the Doctor Strange sequel. The trade also states that Cargill will pen the script and submit it to Marvel Studios before the official deal is finalized.

Additionally, Cargill sat down with That Hashtag Show and teased plans for the sequel. One plot element he confirmed is that the Marvel Comics villain Nightmare will be the main antagonist, with Chiwetel’s Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo also returning:

"“Nightmare will be the villain. Me and Scott have not laid the groundwork for it but what I can say is that I have a feeling that whatever Nightmare is involved with, Baron Mordo, being somebody who considers himself the defender of natural law will have something to do with it.”"

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The writer went on to discuss Mordo’s potential role in depth and referred to the comics as the inspiration for the direction he and Derrickson want to take the character in:

"“For those of you who have ever read the comics, you know that Baron Mordo has a very particular arc, and that’s something we discussed with Chiwetel while working on the first movie. And part of the reason Chiwetel wanted to play Mordo was because he has a definitive ending as a character and it’s such a fascinating ending…”"

Cargill also mentioned that regardless of what the sequel’s definite story is, Marvel has plans to flesh out Mordo, making a multidimensional villain in the process. According to him, Marvel wants to take Mordo to “Loki levels of awesomeness.”

Cargill was originally brought on to do rewrites for 2016’s Doctor Strange by Scott Derrickson, whom he worked with on the Sinister films. And based on interviews with the two, they seem to have formed a steady working relationship. This would explain why he’s returning and why the pair is already so in synch on the upcoming project.

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In terms of the villains, Derrickson once mentioned Nightmare as being a potential candidate for the sequel, and it looks like this will be the case. The Mordo news is also no surprise, as the original film clearly appeared to be setting him up for a big future. So far, the stage is being set for an interesting Doctor Strange sequel. The film is currently slated to hit theaters in 2021.